SATURDAY WORKSHOP SERIES: The Essence of Play: Games, Tactics, & Engagement with Ariel Lauryn (Sept. 2015)

Saturday  26 September  2015  12:00 PM    Saturday  17 October  2015 2:00 PM
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The Ume Group presents
The Essence of Play: Using Play to Create Character and Content with Ariel Lauryn
9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17
12pm - 2pm (4 weeks, 8 hours total)


Big, stupid fun. Ferocious Play. ...?
Playing a game requires engagement, and through engagement, and striving to win, we devise strategies. We try different tactics, make mistakes, and find what works; our survival depends on it. Often, the same strategy does not work for everyone. A story quickly unfolds: conflict, reversals, betrayal, allegiances--a drama.

Through playing games, we will explore character creation and story development.

What you risk reveals what you value. What are you willing to risk?

Ariel is an Actor Creator, Physical Comedian. She has always taken comedy seriously, (and found the humor in tragedy), but it wasn’t until she trained at Dell’Arte International (MFA Ensemble Physical Theatre ‘14), that she realized playing with these extremes was her path. How does she play? By trying and doing everything. Professionally, (as in, people pay her to do these things) she is a performer, director, teacher, puppeteer, writer, and carpenter-painter. In NYC, she has worked with The Talking Band, Columbia Stages, Stegosaurus Collective, LES Shakespeare, Puppet Kitchen, and is a company member of Built4Collapse. Ariel has taught workshops in movement, play, journaling, and leadership in Seattle, Chicago, and Humbolt, CA.

The Ume Group is a New York - based Physical Theatre Ensemble, dedicated to sharing traditions and developing new work. We believe that a good Physical Theatre Artist is constantly learning, creating, teaching, and performing. We are hailed by critics for our “commanding, physically impressive performances” (The Village Voice) and “risky physical vulnerability” ( which basically means... we do a lot of handstands and funky butoh stuff.

For more information on The Ume Group, visit:

Grace & St. Paul's Church
123 West 71st Street
New York, NY 10023

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Kat Moreno Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 09/10/2015 16:57
Sorry I was unable to attend this... maybe next time.
The Ume Group
-- 09/10/2015 16:57
It's not too late! It's happening tomorrow and next Saturday, as well!

Ariel Lauryn Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 16/09/2015 01:08
"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity." --Carl Jung "Without play, learning and evolution are impossible." --Stephen Nachmanovitch

Ariel Lauryn Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 04/09/2015 03:55

Ariel Lauryn Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 04/09/2015 03:32
"Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness." - Ludwig Wittgeinstein But what about in a game? Does silly win or does clever win? Let's play a game to find out!

Ariel Lauryn Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 04/09/2015 03:13

The Ume Group Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 29/08/2015 19:40
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